Kelsey’s Salmon with Leeks

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I’m always on the lookout for a fresh, healthy meal that I can prepare quickly, especially during the week. I want to be able to find the ingredients in my fridge, pantry or freezer and not have spent my grocery budget on dinner that evening. This recipe for salmon with leeks fits the bill perfectly.

Once I discovered a great family-oriented site, The Naptime Chef, I found a resource that was perfect for giving me new recipes and twists on old favorites to fit my needs for weeknight suppers. Kelsey, AKA “The Naptime Chef”, although busy working on her cookbook (coming next year) and publishing almost daily on several online sites, seems never too busy to chat with friends and fans, offer advice and give support to new bloggers such as myself.

It was last year when I discovered Kelsey’s terrific recipe for poached salmon with leeks. I like to serve it with wholewheat or Israeli couscous. Simple enough for midweek, it is perfect for an impromptu dinner party.

I have added fresh dill to her recipe, substituted oil for butter and used low-sodium, homemade chicken stock. Since my husband’s heart attack two months ago, we have modified our diet and this heart-healthy recipe suits us perfectly. Thanks, Kelsey!

Serves 2

  • 1 tablespoon mild-flavored oil, such as grapeseed
  • 3 leeks, white and light green portions
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • kosher salt and ground white pepper to taste
  • 2 portions (6-8 oz.) salmon fillet
  • fresh dill

1. Wash the leeks and slice into discs.

2. In a medium-sized skillet, heat the oil and cook the leeks over medium heat for 5 minutes. Season to taste.

3. Pour the stock over the leeks. Add the salmon. Add several dill fronds to stock.

4. Cover pan, reduce heat and gently poach salmon for 8-10 minutes.

5. Remove salmon and leeks to a warm platter. Garnish with fresh, chopped dill and serve.

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4 Responses to Kelsey’s Salmon with Leeks

  1. TasteFood April 7, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    Thanks for highlighting this lovely recipe and Kelsey, Liz. This sounds like a simple and delicious meal.

    • lizthechef April 7, 2011 at 8:45 pm #

      She has so many great recipes from which to choose!

  2. chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors April 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm #

    I absolutely love poached salmon served cold with a lemony dill sauce so this right here makes my mouth water!

    chow! Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

    • lizthechef April 10, 2011 at 3:51 pm #

      Thanks – a squeeze of lemon only improves this dish – appreciate the reminder!

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